“Here You Come Again” is a song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and recorded by American entertainer Dolly Parton, which topped the U.S. country singles chart for five weeks, and won the 1979 Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance; it also reached number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, representing Parton’s first significant pop crossover hit.
Having been composed by Mann and Weil, the song was a rare example of a Parton hit that she did not write herself. The songwriting duo originally composed “Here You Come Again” in 1975 as a potential comeback hit for Brenda Lee, but when Lee decided not to record it, the song made its way to Parton, who was in the process of redirecting her career as a successful mainstream country artist, to that of an entertainer with broader pop appeal, and was looking for a vehicle to assist with that transition. Her producer Gary Klein had heard the song on the then-recently released B.J. Thomas’s self-titled album. Even so, her producer, Gary Klein, told Tom Roland in The Billboard Book of Number One County Hits that she begged him to add a steel guitar to avoid sounding too pop, and he called in Al Perkins to fill that role. “She wanted people to be able to hear the steel guitar, so if someone said it isn’t country, she could say it and prove it,” Klein told Roland. “She was so relieved. It was like her life sentence was reprieved.”
“Here You Come Again” was released as a single in September 1977 as the title track from Parton’s album Here You Come Again, and was the centerpiece of her now famous pop crossover move in the late-1970s. The recording spent five weeks at the top of the U.S Billboard country charts and earned Parton the award for best female country vocal at the Grammy Awards of 1979.
Here You Come Again, released in 1977, is the 19th solo studio album by Dolly Parton. The album included Parton’s first significant “crossover” success, the Grammy award-winning title single, which scored #3 on the US pop singles charts during the early months of 1978. Both the album and title single also scored #1 on the […]
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